Fiction Writer of Middle East Political and Spy Thrillers.
Author of Nonfiction books on the Lebanese civil war, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the 2006 War between Israel and Hezbollah.
In 1969, I moved to Beirut with my Lebanese husband and two small children. Until 1975, we lived peacefully in a lovely rooftop apartment overlooking the city. I had mastered French and was learning Arabic; my children were already fluent in both. In those six years, I found myself applauding the young American who had accomplished a great many things. At the same time, I began to feel great trepidation. Even if I had wanted to believe that something would be done in time to stop a civil war, I could no longer ignore the fact that my beloved city—and quite possibly my entire life—was slowly coming undone.